Newsletter 22.03.2024

Newsletter 22.03.2024

Message from our Chaplain Mairie

Lent Charities 
It has been amazing in school, seeing how creative and generous our students have been with their fundraising for CARITAS. This week we have enjoyed an Ice cream parlour, Popcorn, Ye Olde Sweets, Breakfast door to door, Beat the keeper and lots of raffles, guess the sweets and cake sales. Our students have been so enthusiastic in supporting the Good Shepherd appeal this year. Thanks to all the staff and family members who are supporting them. There is a Parentpay option to donate if you would like to add to our funds. Thanks again. 
Year 4 visits
We have been excited to have the Year 4 children from our Catholic primary schools visiting this week. As well as experiencing Sport and Art, they have spent time in the chapel, learning about the St Nicholas school ethos and taking part in a short Lent service. They have been lovely representatives of their schools and we look forward to seeing them all again soon. 

Mental Health Hub - Breathing Space

Breathing Space – Mental Health Hub
This week we were delighted to open our very first Mental Health Hub, called “Breathing Space”
This new hub is run FOR students, BY students- with over twenty 6th form students having qualified as Mental Health First Aiders, they can now offer support to other students in our newly designed hub.
Thanks to the kind donation from the PTFA, we were able to furnish the new space, and make it a welcoming and calming environment. 
Breathing space is open every break and lunch time, for students to drop in and chat to a sixth form student. 
Year 7 will be trialling the new hub, and there are drop-in sessions for them to attend, at break & lunch times. 

This new hub works alongside our other pastoral support here at SNCHS; such as our incredible form tutor’s, Year Leaders, dedicated Learning Mentor Team, Safeguarding Team and the tremendous support from Mairie our Chaplain. 
Here is the 6th form project team, led by Livvy Black and supported by Anna Mullan, Tom Deakin and Caroline Oldham, along with Mrs Lear as our staff co-ordinator and our other Breathing Space Ambassadors at our Grand Opening!
Well done to all!

Music News

Music Department News

This week the Choir received feedback and official photos from the adjudicators at the North Wales Choir Festival where they were highly commended:

Performance/ Delivery / Communication Good choice of song –Clearly enjoying yourselves, you are a pleasure to watch!

Diction – Very good. Really good, crisp sound.

Blend – A brilliant sense of choral singing, and a well-balanced choral sound. Some lovely moments especially when the full choir first enters – some nice, rich sounds.

You were a pleasure to watch, clearly enjoying yourselves and you can see the effort and respect for each other as a group. A genuinely lovely choir!

Upcoming Music Events:

Monday 25th March Recital A Level 6.30pm Drama Studio

Art Trip to Manchester

A-Level Art Printing Workshop

Year 12 and Year 13 art students took part in an exciting screen printing workshop at Hot Bed Press printmaking studios based in Manchester. The students fully embraced this creative opportunity to develop their printmaking skills and support their portfolio of work. The students learnt how to print using the photographic screen print method. They were very enthusiastic and really enjoyed printing from their own photographs to achieve high quality outcomes in the style of Andy Warhol. A huge well done to Year 12 and Year 13 art for your excellent achievements!

Sporting Success - Emily Cole

Wales International Player

Sixth Former Emily Cole is a Wales international football player. She has been with the team in Norway for the Euro qualifiers.

She writes:

In Norway we played Sweden, Switzerland and the host country. Over the 10 days of an intense camp we drew 2 of the games and lost 1. We have managed to stay in league A for future competitions which is a massive accomplishment! 

Well done to Emily and the rest of the Wales team – we can’t wait to follow your further career.

Sporting Success - Trinity Goodwin

Trinity does Trampolining at Cheshire Gymnastics. She has been going for around eight months and loves going the club each week.
They select a few students each year who have shown either Great attitude, Great  aptitude or Effort
Trinity won the award for the Effort she puts into the class each week along with her great attitude to trying new things out.
Well done Trinity!

Sporting Success - Netball

Year 9 Netball Tournament in Knutsford
The Year girls played their hearts out in a tough tournament in Knutsford this week. 6 local schools played in a round robin and we faced some tough competition.
St Nicholas came third overall ( lost out on second place due to goal difference).
The team played with respect, excellent skill execution and more importantly a smile on their faces!  A pleasure to take to the tournament.
Well done girls!



Thank you very much to those of you who play our school lottery. It’s a fantastic way to help our PTFA.


We wish you all a very happy Easter time.🐣



This week’s jackpot winning number is:

One of our supporters won £14.10 in the draw!

Remember to check your email to see if you’ve won!

If you haven’t signed up yet visit our lottery here –

Have a great weekend everyone!

Library and Literacy

More Book Awards
The finalists and shortlists of various different book awards have been announced recently. We only follow the Cheshire Schools’ and the Carnegie Awards at school, but it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on other awards for book recommendations.

Code Name Kingfisher Written by Liz Kessler  

A beautifully told exploration of change and loss which shuttles between the present day and the rise of Nazi power in wartime Holland. In the present, Liv, struggling with friendships, finds a connection with her grandmother. This is interwoven with the dramatic story of a Jewish family under Nazi occupation and the work of the Dutch resistance. The book doesn’t shy away from the realities of war but multiple narrators and short chapters make it an accessible read for ages 11 and up.

Deadlock Written by Simon Fox

Picking locks and breaking into safes just seems like harmless fun when Archie’s policeman dad shows him how, but then a diamond necklace goes missing and his dad is arrested. Archie decides that he can use his talent to prove his dad’s innocence. Soon he’s embroiled in a criminal underworld and a web of deceit with no idea of who he can trust. This hard-hitting thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as Archie looks for a way to clear his dad.


The Final Year Written by Matt Goodfellow and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton

A moving verse novel about Nate, who is navigating family and friendship issues in a tough final year of primary school. Highly accessible, lyrical and life affirming, the reader shares Nate’s innermost thoughts and can really connect with the pain, anger and love that he feels. In a beautiful demonstration of the power of reading, Nate’s teacher introduces him to David Almond’s Skellig, where the similar themes of grief and families in crisis help him process what he is going through.

Tir na n-Og
In addition to the two Welsh language categories, Tir na n-Og also has a category for the best English-language book with an authentic Welsh background for children age 4-18. This is a great source for recommendations of books which we might not normally come across in English book shops. These books will be especially enjoyable for our students who holiday or have family in Wales. This years shortlist is as follows:
Where the River Takes us by Lesley Parr
Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend by Lizzie Huxley Jones
The Ghosts of Graig Glas Castle by Michelle Briscombe
Competition Time – Global Young Journalist awards 2024.
Do you have a budding young journalist in the house? If so, encourage them to take part in The Day’s Global Young Journalist awards 2024.
The competition is free to enter for 7-18 year olds. Entrants can submit pieces on the following categories in a variety of formats:
  • Mental Health
  • Technology
  • Climate
  • Science
  • Equality
  • Sports
  • Politics
  • Media
  • Health
  • Financial

Live video link tour of drilling vessel

Live virtual tour of drilling vessel

On Wednesday 27th March 3.30 – 4.30 there will be an opportunity for students to be taken on a live virtual tour of a scientific research vessel, currently drilling off the Italian coast. The focus will be to encourage students into STEM subjects with a Q&A with two scientists on board. 

Click here to access more material or students can come to the Geography department and speak to Mr Kearns.

Everyone is welcome if they are interested in science, geology, geography or just what goes on onboard these research ships. All year groups are welcome.

Year 11 English Revision Sessions

Community Notices

Holiday Activities with Food (HAF) programme in Cheshire West and Chester. – Is now open

A full list of all activities is available on the Holiday Activities with Food Cheshire West web page. HAF Cheshire West – Edsential

Please note all activities must be booked in advance.

If you can if you would please share with families of pupils eligible the attached Poster in relation to the programme

The Council, alongside Edsentials and a range of community partners, are running a wide range of fun activities for four days of the school Easter holiday.

HAF is a national programme, funded by the government’s Department for Education, for children from reception to year 11 inclusive who are on benefits-related free school meals and is available to eligible pupils if their parents claim has been verified by their school or local authority.

Edsential Community Interest Company is working with 40 organisations, including schools, community, voluntary and faith sector organisations to organise 59 holiday activity clubs throughout the borough this Easter.

Each eligible child will be provided with a good quality nutritious meal, plus there will be a variety of opportunities for children and young people to take part in exciting physical activities such as dodgeball, dance, archery, karate, rugby, football, and even a ‘Mini Olympics’. There will also be a diverse array of enrichment activities too including mindfulness, forest school, den building, campfire cooking sessions, drama, storytelling, art, and puppetry.

The Youth Service Programme for 11–16-year-olds (up to 25 for our SEND children and young people) will include a trip out for each provision. These provisions include bowling, ice skating, Chester Zoo, Goals Chester, as well as events being arranged within clubs, Easter Bingo, Army assault courses, Graffiti Art and yoga.


Brio Leisure will be offering lots of activities including Sports camps at Neston Recreation Centre for 5 – 12 year olds, performing arts at Northwich Memorial Court for 5 – 10 year olds, and fun floats, sports, and craft SEND sessions, available at Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Winsford Lifestyle Centre and Northwich Memorial Court for young people aged 5 – 18 years.

Provision for children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) who are eligible through benefits-related free school meals is being offered, with some providers additionally able to offer paid for places for those not eligible based on the guidance to attend their HAF programmes. This is in addition to other programmes being offered by providers more widely and we are encouraging families to check with mainstream providers who may be able to provide support and be able for them to attend and offer places.

The SEND-specific offer will include sessions such as multi-sports, fun floats and swimming offered by Brio CIC, as well as provisions offering the chance to attend Chester Zoo, mini-mindfulness sessions for children and their families, a visit to a petting zoo, circus skills workshops, assisted sport (dodgeball / tennis), and sensory activities, (Lego/art).

If you have any questions, please email

Careers - Pre Med Courses

We have been sent some online courses coming up created by doctors for students interested in careers in medicine.

Some courses are paid and some completely free, all include a certificate for use in med school applications and are ideal preparation for students applying for university degrees in medicine and those younger students too who may be considering the profession.

They are suitable for students aged 14-18

1) Emergency Medicine Live on Sunday 24th March. You can expect to learn about the treatment and management of major trauma and medical emergencies. With insights into pre-hospital and emergency medicine. Students can see more information here.

2) Medicine Career Day Live Saturday 30th March. An ideal day for students wanting to know all about the medical profession, learn about the personal statement for medicine, UCAT examinations and gain some work experience in the afternoon by helping to treat and diagnose patients. Students can see more information here.

3) Medical Ethics Live, on Sunday the 7th April 2024. It’s vital to understand medical ethics when applying to med school and how to understand moral dilemmas and ethical questions doctors face everyday. It’s highly likely that you’ll be asked ethics questions or face an MMI station designed to test your understanding of medical ethics so it’s really important you understand some of the questions you will face at medical school interviews. Students just need to register here.

4) Surgery Work experience Live taking place on Sunday 21st April 2024. This interactive day is designed to give students a meaningful insight into careers in medicine and surgery. Students join a patient on their journey from initial presentation to diagnosis and treatment. The doctors will guide you through how they would conduct a surgical consultation, interpret signs and manage patients. All the details available here.5) Suture Like A Surgeon online Course.  Sunday 12th May 2024. Join our suturing masterclass where you will learn how surgeons effectively manage and assess acute wounds with suture closure. You will be sent our suture kit in the mail before the course starts so you can suture along with the doctors, learning first hand the various techniques needed to be a surgeon. You can view all the course info here.

Community Notices

Parent and Carer Forum

Cheshire West and Chester

Click here to read the latest Newsletter containing information about SEN holiday clubs, Parent and Carer Support, consultation on Adult Social Care, SEND – Preparing for Adulthood

Community Notices

Lunchtime and after school Clubs


Monday Linguistics Club, Years 10,11,12,13 in E7
Monday : Memrise Club  in L5

Tuesday : Science Club in S5
Tuesday: GCSE Computer Science Revision in C2
Tuesday : Chess Club in M5
Art club – all years in  A1 and A2
Wednesday : Easy as Pi – Maths Club – in M6
Wednesday : Dungeons and Dragons in B5
Art club  -all years A1 in and A2 – KS4
KS3 History Club – Week 2 in H1
GCSE History Film Club – Week 1 in H1

After School:

Performing Arts Club – 3.15 – 4.30 Drama
Food Club – Year 9 and GCSE – 
3.15 – 4.30 in T6
Drama Club in Drama Studio
Dungeons and Dragons  – in the library

Art club for everyone in A2

Music - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday: Woodwind Ensemble
Tuesday : Year 9 band 1M
Wednesday : Jazz Band (GCSE and A Level)

After School:

Tuesday : Year 8 Parents Evening
Wednesday Choir 3.15-4.15pm
Thursday No Rehearsals

Instrumental Lessons in school


If you are interested in learning an instrument in school, please click here

PE - lunchtime and after school clubs


Monday : Basketball – sports Hall – Year 9
Tuesday : Basketball – sports Hall – Year 10
: Basketball – sports Hall – Year 7&8
Football – sports Hall – Year 9
Football – sports Hall – Sixth Form

After School:

U15 Cheshire Girls Cricket Final
GCSE NEA Standardisation
Year 3&4 Netball Competition
Year 8 Parents Evening 
 GCSE Practical Moderation
Year 11 Claire Stanley and Michael Igoe Competition

Upcoming dates

Tuesday 26th Mar Y8 Parents Evening 4.15 – 7.30pm
Wednesday 27th Mar Whole School Mass
Thursday 28th Mar Stanley Igoe Cup (Y11 pm)
29th – 31st March Silver 7 Gold DofE Qualifying/Training Expedition
Monday 15th Apr School Reopens

Click here for future dates


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